Elia Gourgouris: Biography highlights

Dr. Elia Gourgouris is the president of The Happiness Center, an organization of world-leading experts in the field of Positive Psychology dedicated to creating personal success and happiness. He is also Founding Partner at The Global Institute of Thought Leadership, an organization that brings together bestselling authors, world-renowned speakers, industry experts and pioneering thinkers who all share a common goal: Changing the world of ideas.

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Elia Gourgouris’ background

Dr. Elia is the author of the #1 best-selling Amazon book, 7 Paths to Lasting Happiness, which has been translated in Mandarin, Cantonese and Greek. He recently co-authored the highly acclaimed book 7 Keys to Navigating a Crisis: A Practical Guide to Emotionally Dealing with Pandemics and Other Disasters. His message is featured in respected publications and media around the world.

With his Positive Psychology background, he has helped thousands of people both in their careers and in their relationships to achieve success and better work-life balance. As a keynote speaker he frequently presents at international conferences and Universities focusing on corporate wellness, mental health, positive leadership, building trust & loyalty, and building resilience and agility. He coaches leaders and their companies to help them build a culture of trust, accountability, and empowerment. The result is that happily engaged employees are more productive, collaborative, and innovative. He co-hosts the weekly The Kindness and Happiness Connection podcast and was the Executive Producer of the Reality TV show Cash Cowboys and is currently working on a new Reality TV show called The Kindness Givers!

Dr. Elia was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he became a National Swim Champion. He moved with his family to Santa Monica, CA when he was ten. He received his BA in psychology from UCLA, and then went on to receive his MA and PhD in psychology.



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Ball Aerospace

“Dr. Elia sincerely cares about others and has a talent for helping people catch the vision of their potential. His optimistic outlook and personable manner have a positive impact on those with whom he associates.”

Quinn Remund Ph.D.
Principal Systems Engineer
Parker, CO

“Dr. Elia is a superb teacher and an excellent speaker for both small and large groups. I recommend Dr. Gourgouris as a first-class professional with valuable insights, extensive clinical practice and a problem-solving aptitude.”


W. Kenneth Thiess
Bank of America

“Excellent session to remind us all that being positive in challenging times shows strength, courage, and helps to move not only ourselves forward, but others forward too.”

Leadership Hiring & Talent Acquisition

“It would be impossible to count all the ways that Dr. Elia has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organizations in India and across the Globe.”

Abhinav Sharma
Senior Vice President
Orbitz and TBC Corporation

“As the CIO of a $3.8 billion company, I brought Dr. Gourgouris on board to assist us in our leadership transformation journey. With his even-handed demeanor and deep interpersonal skill sets, I have seen him transform people and organizations that were deemed unsalvageable.”


Steve Smith
Former CIO
Re | Solution

“Dr. Elia helped us focus on what was important from a human resource perspective and helped us understand how to get maximum effort out of our people. I would highly recommend him to others looking to focus their efforts.”

Robin Bradbury
Women In Consulting

“Since your session, I have really been focusing on not procrastinating my own happiness and to live my best life now. I’ve also shared with several others that love, kindness, and respect is what should be driving our every action. I appreciate you also sharing that it’s not selfish to practice self-care. Thank you for being with us for the session–I am so thankful for the positivity that I walked away with that day.”

Angi Roberts
Association Manager,
University of Colorado, Leeds School of Business

“During the past ten years, I have referred more than 50 people to Dr. Elia Gourgouris for coaching. Without exception, the results have been superb. Dr. Gourgouris is a brilliant coach, an outstanding speaker, and a gifted professional.”


Wayne Boss Ph.D,
Communications Plus

“Thank you very much for the great presentation to WIC (Women in Consulting) last week. It’s such a pleasure to have an enjoyable presentation that also has real meat in it.”


Kay Paumier
Content Strategist & PR Consultant

“Dr. Elia Gourgouris is a man who is committed to your success. He has touched the lives of many with his talents in writing, speaking, coaching, and as a therapist. I highly recommend Dr. Gourgouris to you, your company, your group or organization.”

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